Sue Smith
BA(Hons) LCHE MARH Homeopathy

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Some advice for minimising troublesome hayfever symptoms

The majority of hayfever symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, blocked nose etc. are caused by the histamine levels in your body soaring in reacting to the pollens from flowers, grasses, shrubs or trees of the season. Taking some natural products with their own antihistamine action can help to provide relief:

  • Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine, so small doses throughout the day and increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and veg, especially tomatoes, peppers and green leaves may be helpful.

  • Nettles are surprisingly great for relieving histamine reactions. Either drink some tea made by infusing a few fresh leaves or take the tincture in herbal form.
  • Ginger in fresh root form is also a decongestant as it widens constricted bronchial tubes and is also an antihistamine.

  • Vitamin A helps to keep mucous membranes healthy. Eat plenty of carrots, tomatoes, dried apricots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, spinach and watercress. Keeping alcohol and caffeine intake low as well as refined sugar may help, as they will trigger histamine production.

  • Some practical measures you can take would be to dry your clothes indoors when the pollen count is high, as damp clothes collect pollen dust. If you've been out for the day, get undressed in the bathroom and NOT the bedroom, as you don't want pollen from your clothes to start you sneezing at bedtime. Also, insing your nostrils with plain water or a solution of bicarbonate of soda can help relieve nasal symptoms.

  • Consider taking homeopathic remedies in a 30C potency to match your hayfever symptoms. The following have been used extensively for relief:

  • ALLIUM CEPA ~ profuse and burning nasal discharge with non-burning tears and red eyes, sneezing and itching nose. Symptoms worse indoors and better in open air.
    ARSENICUM ~ to relieve burning tears and nasal discharge which are worse late at night/early hours of the morning. Person is likely to be restless, anxious and chilly with their symptoms.
    EUPHRASIA ~ Opposite symptoms to Allium Cepa: profuse, burning tears from the eyes with a bland nasal discharge. Eyes and cheeks are reddened, worse in open air. Nasal symptoms are worse at night.
    KALI-BIC ~ Thick, gluey and stringey nasal discharge, often with pain at root of the nose that is better for applying pressure there and sneezing. Symptoms are worse in the open or cold air.
    MIXED POLLENS & GRASSES ~ for persistent but non-specific hayfever symptoms.
    NAT-MUR ~ Recurrent hayfever attacks every year with profuse, clear watery nasal discharge and frequent sneezing. Symptoms are worse in the mornings and are often accompanied by dry, cracked lips or a cold sore.
    NUX-VOM~ Irritation of nose, eyes, face and throat with prolonged bouts of sneezing.

    For deeper, longer-lasting relief & in severe cases, it is essential that you consult a qualified health professional of your choice.

    Homeopathic remedies are traditionally used to repair any damage which our body has the potential to mend. Thus, many common ailments can often be treated safely and effectively at home because various remedies have affinities for particular tissues. Indications come historically from several homeopathic Materia Medica and the traditional principles of homeopathy.


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